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Dog Schwarz - Flying Dog Brewery

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Dog SchwarzDog Schwarz

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very good

78 Reviews
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Reviews: 78
Hads: 98
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 36
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: sideshowrob on 01-07-2009

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Photo of supercolter
3.03/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is good. Dark and smokey looking, with a decent head of tan bubbles. Smell is very smokey with a bit of dry malt and no really noticable hops. Taste is bacon grease... that is the only thing I can describe it as. Mouthfeel is pretty decent, low carbonation and medium in body. Drinkability is ok.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I also have difficulty categorizing this beer. The label says it's a Smoked Double Lager, and calls it a Schwarzbier, but I have to agree with the previous reviewer and say that it is a Rauchbier. It's a dark brown color with beautiful red highlights. A thick tan head that left a bit of lacing. Once you catch a whiff, there's no doubt it's a Rauchbier. Very strong, but pleasant, smoke aroma. The smoke is less noticeable in the taste, where the malt predominates. Just an incredibly smooth beer, one that I want to get more of.

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Photo of sideshowrob
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, I had trouble defining the style of this beer. It's absolutely a smoked lager. A smoked double lager, in fact. But that's not a category, so I went with Rauchbier. Sue me.

I had this one on-tap at the brewery during a tour/tasting. They were selling a very limited number of bottles, of which one I acquired. No mention of an actual bottling run with distribution, but let's hope.

It poured a delicious looked black color in the glass, surrounded with a nice tan head. The smoke flavor lept up out of the glass and straight into your nose. No mistaking it. The taste was a lot maltier, with an almost hickory flavor domminating. Mouthfeel was also very good, 3 of my samples of beer were spent on this one. It was very drinkable for a strong smoked lager, if you're into that sort of thing.

From the label (for posterity)

"Second only to David Hasselhoff in the hearts of Germans, the Schwartz style was originaly brewed in the Eastern German state of Thuringia. Our brewers took this obscure black lager and sexed it up a little hoff-style by brewing a robust smoked double-schwartz."

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Dog Schwarz from Flying Dog Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.